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Is hell a real place or a construct to control people?
Date: 1/13/2018 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Madeline Habib
Synopsis: Dante's Inferno is one of three poems from the epic Divine Comedy written in the 1300s. It is a tale of the author's physical, mental, and emotional journey through the many levels of hell. Freemasonry isn't a philosophy that particularly subscribes to a "hell" and, therefore, a Mason should ask one's self when reading this classic whether this journey of Dante Alighieri is a fiction or an experience of a manifested place that one should expect if he choose to live his life unwisely.

Should humanity migrate to other planets?
Date: 2/10/2018 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Natural Science
Presenter: Chris Osborn
Synopsis: Science Fiction authors have predicted humanity’s eventual migration off of planet Earth for a long time. Great minds such as Stephen Hawking have been saying that humanity will likely not survive as a species unless we do so. NASA is currently working on a project to get humans to Mars within the next 20 years. We will discuss the philosophical implications of migration so that we can decide whether it is truly a necessity or just a drain on our resources here on Earth that could be used to better purpose.

Does Hermann Hesses novel, Damien, describe the Path of Seeker?
Date: 3/10/2018 4:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Aksel Suvari
Synopsis: In Herman Hesse’s novel Demian we follow the story of one man’s search after the true nature and purpose of human life. Along this path he confronts pain, humiliation, and his deepest fears. At his lowest points he is encouraged and assisted by the enigmatic entity Max Demian, a mysterious friend and benefactor. Who is Demian and what does he represent? Does this novel describe the fate of all those who would seek to know themselves? Freemasonry has attracted such inquiring minds since its very inception and is shrouded in equal mystery. Can this cryptic character help us pierce the veil within ourselves?

What is the philosophy of Science?
Date: 5/12/2018 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Philosophy
Presenter: Katie Cumsille
Synopsis: When on traditionally thinks of philosophy they think of the great minds over the eons of time and their philosophies on life, death, and the in between. Giants such as Plato, Seneca, Democritus, but what about Science? We live in a world where Science is used daily to validate and invalidate comments and beliefs. Freemasonry is not unfamiliar with Science or its method; however, do we understand what the philosophy is behind a system that operates the world, Man's beliefs, and the ancient mystery school of Masonry?

Was it the best of times AND the worst of times?
Date: 11/10/2018 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Katie Cumsille
Synopsis: The great classics of European literature have been fully integrated into American culture. Charles Dickens's Tale of Two Cities is one of those pieces of art that have come to line the shelves of many American home libraries. Why is that this story has spoken to so many? Have we not experienced life at the highest peaks and the lowest valleys ourselves? Freemasonry works to unite where many would polarize. Thus, we will look to the pages of this story for guidance in trying to understand our own tale of two cities: our past and future; our knowledge and beliefs; our failures and triumphs;

"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest ... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
Albert Einstien
Physicist
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